Like evert writer, I have periods of time where I just have no motivation to write. So, I thought I would put together a list of hopefully helpful tips that I’ve gathered.
1. Give yourself a deadline!
Back last year I even blogged about this. But to sum it up, deadlines can be helpful (for some people — maybe not for everyone.) I find that having a set time within to write something very motivating. Also? Rewards yourself if you meet your deadline, but don’t self-punish yourself if you don’t.
2. Seek some inspiration.
Pictures, movies, shows, whatever it is that inspires you, take that and use it to motivate yourself to write. Sometimes, you just CAN’T wait for inspiration to find you. You have to find it.
3. Connect with other writers!
This is particularly a great one if your non-online friends aren’t writers. Finding people with the same interests as you will help motivate you to write more.
4. Find out the root of what is making you unmotivated.
Maybe you’re stuck. Maybe you know what you want to write but don’t know how to write it. Maybe you want to write but are worried it’s no good. Whatever the problem is, figure that out and search for a way around it.
5. Just WRITE.
Seriously! Just. Write. Don’t think about it. Especially in the first-draft stage, don’t worry about things that are likely to sap you of your motivation to write. Write — and fix it later.